Monday, January 30

Daffodils 2012

Daffodils are coming up.... slowly but surely! This is a bloom around our tree that is about ready to open. It's not even February yet! I think the daffodils are confused because it's been such a warm winter.
This is a pot I have on our front sidewalk (planted this year) and these are barely starting to sprout through As you can see our grass is very brown. More updates soon.

Sunday, January 29

And so the learning curve begins....

My birthday was a couple of weeks ago. Two years ago I got the Janome Memory Craft 200e and after a few months was itching to upgrade to the next model so I could have a bigger hoop. Well, this is the next step up... the Janome Memory Craft 300e! I am so excited. I made myself pay for it with money I made from selling embroidered projects. It took me quite a few months to save for this. I haven't had much time to play with it but I will as soon as I can get back to regular sewing!
Originally I had planned on trading in my 200e but I decided to keep it for now. I guess this makes FOUR Janome Machines in the house! Now I need to save for a serger!

Thursday, January 19

Sewing Machine Cover

EEK, more than a week has gone by since my last post!
When my parents visited in November for Thanksgiving, my Mom admired the machine covers I have made for my embroidery machine, sewing machine and Micaela's sewing machine. After thinking about it, I realized she did not have a cover for her machine so I decided to make her one for Christmas.
I knew I wanted to embroider on it but I could not decide... do I embroider "Mom"- what I call her or "Nana" what Micaela calls her. After much thought I just decided I would do her real name Rita! (Mom was born on May 22 and named for St. Rita).
I picked out fabric in colors that would match her room and went right to work. This is what I came up with....

The colors look a little neonish in this picture but in real life they are soft pastels. It's hard to tell in this picture but the side panels are the contrasting lime green fabric in the appliqued R. I got lucky when the azalea thread I used for the Rita perfectly mached the jumbo ric rac I had on hand.
Thanks for stopping by, hope you are having a great day!

Wednesday, January 11

B is for Blanket

Here's another Christmas gift I embroidered. This is one of those delicious fuzzy blankets from Macy's. I embroidered a simple B for the recipients last name. I love how this font turned out. I don't usually do large fill stitch patterns because they take so long (this took 47 minutes to stitch out) but I am so pleased with the finished product. The B is 5" tall. Hope you are staying warm this cold January day!

1st Oreo Movie

A couple of weeks ago I shared a picture of our new dog Oreo sitting handsome on his hind legs. Well, here's the video!

Sunday, January 8

Daffodils 2012

This is my third year to plant daffodils. In 2010, I planted daffodils around a tree in our front yard. In 2011, Micaela and I planted daffodils in one of the flower beds in our backyard. And now I have gone bananas! Micaela and I have planted about 300 bulbs in every pot I own and sparatically in our remaining flower beds. Not all the bulbs are daffodils, I've added dutch irises, tulips and hyacinth and paperwhites. We'll see how they come up. For now I am staring at pots of dirt with mulch on top!
I am most excited about some different daffodil varieties in some little pots. I got these special bulbs at North Haven Gardens when I attended a Texas Daffodil Society meeting. I picked the bulbs with cool names and pictures of more unusual flowers-- I am still learning so we'll see what comes up. If you look beyond the pots on the table in this picture, you can see a pot on the ground that already has some leaves starting to sprout through the mulch, I am so excited!
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Sunday, January 1

Happy 2012!

May every day of the new year glow with good cheer & happiness for you and your family!

Thank you for reading my blog!